Michele Bachmann fails American Revolution history

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Bachmann fails history again.
Someone go find the dunce cap.

Michele Bachmann tackled American history again in public, and once again gave America good reason to laugh at Minnesota.

She's already flubbed the history of the Founding Fathers and forgotten slavery. This time around, in a heavily promoted speech to a political action committee called the Granite State Patriots, she proudly displayed her ignorance about where the Revolutionary War began.

"What I love about New Hampshire and what we have in common is our extreme love for liberty," Bachmann said. "You're the state where the shot was heard round the world in Lexington and Concord. And you put a marker in the ground and paid with the blood of your ancestors the very first price that had to be paid to make this the most magnificent nation that has ever arisen in the annals of man in 5,000 years of recorded history."
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The Minute Man Statue in Concord, Mass.
[WMUR video here.]

"The shot heard round the world" refers to the opening volleys of the April 19, 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord -- that marked the start of the American Revolution -- more than 60 miles to the south in Massachusetts.

The actual phrase comes from the "Concord Hymn," written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837. It's enshrined on the Minute Man statue that stands by the reconstructed North Bridge in Concord, Mass.

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Another intelligence failure.
Bachmann's history failure was no one-off, either. She made repeated references in her speech to New Hampshire being the cradle of the Revolution without any inkling that she knew she was mangling her facts.

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